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ICIS CPI Polyurethanes 2014

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference
BASF technical manager Mike Krupa shared how polyurethanes are changing the world of refrigeration.
BASF technical manager Mike Krupa shared how polyurethanes are changing the world of refrigeration.

BASF innovates latest in environmentally friendly refrigeration using polyurethane foam systems

We recently talked with BASF technical manager Mike Krupa about his Polyurethane Innovation Award application for the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference. Learn more about how Mike and his BASF colleagues are changing the world of refrigeration with polyurethane foam. (Hint- it’s better for the environment!)

Q. Can you explain BASF’s new Elastocool® rigid foam?

A. We developed an innovation forward refrigeration polyurethane foam system that is better for the environment. Our system has improved insulation to meet new strict energy standards. BASF is helping to develop insulation foams that are better for people and the environment—this can...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Appliances
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.
Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone shared details of how he is using polyurethane to minimize environmental impact of oil spills.

Polyurethane: minimizing environmental impact and cost of oil spills with Advanced Simplicity’s new creation

Advanced Simplicity general manager Antonio Pantalone recently shared the latest on a polyurethane product that can help emergency responders and government officials minimize both the environmental impact and cost of an oil spill cleanup. Find out more about this innovation below.

Q. Can you explain Advanced Simplicity’s recoilTMand how did idea happen?

A. recoil™ is an oil absorbent material that is designed to be easy to make, easy to use and versatile. It is designed to be a low tech material that can be rapidly produced with little training that allows larger groups of people to be engaged...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference, Environment

Making a Real Life Terminator

In the Terminator movies, robots easily shift from solid to almost liquid looking form. This adaptability has applications beyond time traveling cyborgs and today polyurethane has brought us one step closer to making shape shifting robots more than just a special effects wonder on the big screen.

As reported in Popular Science, researchers have developed a low-cost phase-changing material that could be used to allow robots to shift between soft and hard states. The material could be used to allow robots a new range of functions such as surgical robots that could slither through the body...

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Category: Electronics

Leaves Change, Polyurethane Stays Constant

With back to school season upon us, so are Fall sports.  As athletes hit the fields for football, soccer, and cross country they have an extra teammate in polyurethane.

Across all sports, polyurethane is an essential element in clothing and sneakers. It provides stretch and water resistance in clothing. It is the foam that cushions feet in sneakers. It even is the glue that holds the soles of shoes and cleats in place.

Many youth football teams are adding polyurethane fiber caps on top of helmets for practice and even games. When players wearing polyurethane fiber caps hit...

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Category: Apparel, Athletics

CPI Announces Finalists for 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award

BASF, Dow and Novomer Named Finalists

The Center for the Polyurethanes Industry (CPI) of the American Chemistry Council (ACC) today announced BASF, Dow and Novomer as the finalists for the 2014 Polyurethane Innovation Award. Attendees at the 2014 Polyurethanes Technical Conference, will have the opportunity to vote for one of these finalists during the conference’s opening session on Monday, Sept. 22. The winner will be announced during the closing session on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

The conference will take place at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas.

“We received such exciting submissions for...

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Category: 2014 Polyurethane Technical Conference

Next Generation Fabrics

This summer Bayer announced the development of INSQIN™, a new technology for producing polyurethane-coated fabrics without using solvents. Polyurethane-coated fabrics are used in athletic gear for moisture resistance as well as the creation of synthetic leather materials including shoes, handbags and clothes.

Traditionally the manufacture of polyurethane-coated fabrics requires the use of solvents that pose risks to workers and the environment if not used properly. With INSQIN, solvents are no longer required to produce the fabrics used in this wide variety of apparel.

The use of polyurethane-coated fabrics means quieter, more comfortable functional layers, as well as high...

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Category: Apparel

Simple as V-D-I

As they learn their ABCs, there’s comfort in knowing that polyurethane and its VDI (versatile, durable, incredible) is there as an invisible helper.

As students of all ages head back to the classroom this Fall, they’ll have the help of polyurethane and its versatile, durable, incredible properties.

Polyurethane helps add comfort and durability to many other parts of a student’s day.

Polyurethane provides the stretch, flex and cushion for the clothing and shoes worn by students from elementary school all the way through graduate school.  Polyurethane plays a major role as students walk across campus, or take part in...

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Category: Apparel, Appliances, Home Builders

Softening the Blow

Polyurethane helmet caps help protect athletes

With football season about to kick off, the safety of the players is a key concern. Like the vast majority of competitive sports, football does have risks – notably that of concussion.

The United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that as many as 3.8 million sport-related concussions occur in the U.S. each year. Retired NFL players in their 50s are five times more likely to suffer from dementia-related symptoms than others in their age range.

When two athletes collide, the potential for harm is great. The impact of...

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Category: Athletics

Spray Foam: Building America

As America’s architecture evolves to reflect the dynamic world in which we live, the materials used to realize innovative building designs must meet that demand. Spray polyurethane foam (SPF) plays a major role in this process. SPF is used to enhance energy efficiency, comfort, and style.

Here are three examples of SPF and its benefits. These case studies highlight SPF’s versatility and value. In fact, both projects have been crowned Department of Energy (DOE) “Challenge Home”’ – meaning they are all high performance, energy efficient homes that offset all or most of their annual energy consumption. The DOE...

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Category: Home Builders